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November 05, 2010

Discovery's Final Flight Scrubbed Again -- Til 11.30.10

Hydrogen Leak Discovered During Tanking

The final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery was scrubbed Friday morning at 0811 ET because of a hydrogen gas leak at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate.

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Regional Airliner Down In Cuba

68 Fatally Injured In Friday Accident

A Cuban airliner carrying 68 Cubans and others from Europe and Latin America went down Friday, fatally injuring all aboard. The accident reportedly happened about 1742 EDT near about 220 miles east of Havana.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.05.10

NASA will try again today with Discovery.
A Qantas A380 sheds engine parts after takeoff.
And Burt Rutan says he's ready for the gold watch.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.05.10

NASA will try again today with Discovery.
A Qantas A380 sheds engine parts after takeoff.
And Burt Rutan says he's ready for the gold watch.


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ANN Special Feature: Part II: Babbitt on BizAv - 11.05.10

In the second and concluding part of his speech at NBAA, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt makes a strong case for Next-Gen technology in improving the safety and efficiency of business aircraft..

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Garmin G600 For Citation 501/551 Awaits STC Approval

Glass Panel Retrofit Developed By JETTECH

More and more, "glass panel" technology is becoming available for legacy aircraft. A recent example is a new Garmin G600 EFIS installation being developed specifically for Cessna Citation 501/551 series aircraft by Littleton, CO-based JETTECH.

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Military Contract Worth More Than $84 Million Awarded To CAE

Turkish, U.S., U.K. Aviators Will Train In CAE Sims

Three different military contracts worth over $84 million have been awarded to CAE, the company announced Wednesday.

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Pilot Error Cited In Fatal W.VA Accident Last Year

Pilot Continued Flight Into Marginal VFR Conditions At Night

The NTSB has found pilot error to be the cause of a fatal accident which occurred about a year ago in the mountains of West Virgina. The pilot, who had owned the Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche for only about a month, impacted rising terrain in marginal VFR conditions at night.

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TL-Ultralight Develops Aircraft For Those With Disabilities

TL-3000 Sirius Has Been Modified For Use By Paraplegics

An aircraft specifically modified to accommodate those who have lost the use of their lower extremities has been developed by TL-Ultralight.

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Piper M-Class Buyers Can Get Altaire Advance Incentive

First Jet Deliveries Expected In 2014

It's no secret that Piper sees the PiperJet Altaire as the natural next step for owners of their "M-Class" airplanes... the Meridian, Mirage, and Matrix. The company announced Thursday that brand loyalty can make that step up to the jet a bit less expensive.

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NetJets Acquires Jet Card Provider Marquis Jet

Part Of A Long-Term Business Plan That Includes Additional Aircraft Purchases

NetJets announced Wednesday it has agreed to purchase Marquis Jet, a private jet card company. Under the terms of the agreement, Marquis Jet became a wholly-owned subsidiary of NetJets. No additional details were disclosed.

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'Space Fence' Program Achieves Critical Goal

Raytheon System Would Detect And Track Space Objects

A system design review (SDR) for a "Space Fence" has been successfully completed by Raytheon. The Space Fence is intended to provide the U.S. Air Force with enhanced space surveillance capability to track and detect space objects.

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Boeing Raises Outlook For Airplane Demand In China

Plane Maker Projects $480 Billion Market For New Airplanes In China

Boeing recently forecast that China will require 4,330 new commercial airplanes valued at $480 billion over the next 20 years, with the bulk of new deliveries expected to be for fuel-efficient, single-aisle airplanes.

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Goodrich Receives Additional Contract For C-5M Super Galaxy Componants

Follow-on Contract For 160 Pylons To Be Delivered Through 2015

A contract to supply 160 pylons for the U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy strategic airlifter Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) has been awarded to Goodrich Corporation by prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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BOC Aviation Orders 30 A320 Family Aircraft

First Deliveries Set For 2012

The Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, BOC Aviation, has placed a new firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A320 aircraft. Deliveries of the aircraft will take place over a three year period beginning in 2012.

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Civil Air Patrol, Junior ROTC Teams Get Ready For Next Round Of CyberPatriot

Competition Allows High School Students To Explore Cybersecurity

The nation's largest youth cyber defense challenge is now preparing for its second round of competition, taking place this Saturday, November 6, at 1000 EDT.

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Aero-TV: World's Greatest Biplane? -- Steve McDonald Praises the Stearman

Biplane Fever Comes In Many Forms... But Stearman Fever May Be The Best Of Them All!

There is something about a biplane... especially when that biplane happens to be a Stearman... one of the most iconic bi-wingers to take flight since this whole shebang got going on Kill Devil Hill. ANN happened upon an old friend, Steve McDonald, at a recent aero-social gathering at the St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) and coerced him (OK... no actual coercion was involved... to get an aero-opinion out of Steve, you ask a simple question and stand back!) to opine about his love affair and long-term ownership of a real live Boeing Stearman.

Aero-TV: World's Greatest Biplane? -- Steve McDonald Praises the Stearman

Biplane Fever Comes In Many Forms... But Stearman Fever May Be The Best Of Them All!

There is something about a biplane... especially when that biplane happens to be a Stearman... one of the most iconic bi-wingers to take flight since this whole shebang got going on Kill Devil Hill. ANN happened upon an old friend, Steve McDonald, at a recent aero-social gathering at the St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) and coerced him (OK... no actual coercion was involved... to get an aero-opinion out of Steve, you ask a simple question and stand back!) to opine about his love affair and long-term ownership of a real live Boeing Stearman.

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New Faces, New Leadership In Key House Committee

Republicans Will Lead House Transportation Committee Post-Election

The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will look very different when the 112th Congress convenes in January with 18 Democrat committee members having lost in the midterm elections to Republican challengers.

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Klyde Morris (11.05.10)

This IS So Cool, Klyde...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Hersman: Family Assistance Should Be Provided Following Air Crashes

NTSB Chair's Call Comes During International Safety Seminar

NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman says a more formal process is needed worldwide to assist survivors and family members of aviation accidents.

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Cargo Plane Bomb Plot Triggers New UK Aviation Security Proposals

Aviation Security 2011 Conference Set For February 2011

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced new aviation security checks intended to curb the threat of terrorism on cargo aircraft after two explosive PETN cartridges were discovered on a flight from Yemen to Chicago.

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Pilots Urge Risk-Based Approach To Air Cargo Security

ALPA: Screening Must Be Tailored, Commerce-Friendly, Cost-Effective

ALPA has renewed its long-standing call for an air cargo screening policy that is risk-based, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and for fundamental security enhancements that will bring all-cargo flight operations up to passenger airline standards.

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Space Florida Connects With European Business Innovation Centre Network

Two Entities Collaborating On An International Market Development Agreement

The European Business Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and Space Florida last week initiated a Memorandum of Understanding to develop new market opportunities and resources for Small and Medium Aerospace Enterprises in Europe and Florida. 

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Engine Repair And Test Facility In CA Closing

GE Aviation Shutters Ontario, CA Operation

A dip in cargo traffic has caused GE Aviation to close its engine repair and test facility at Los Angeles/Ontario International Airport by the end of the year. 18 people had been employed at the shop.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.05.10)

"We are in a constant battle with the terrorists. They are always looking for another way, another innovative way, in which they can try to get around our defences.” Source: UK Home Secretary Theresa May.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.05.10): Arm

The distance from the center of gravity (c/g) to some point.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.05.10)

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Over 360 pages of aviation stuff.

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